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Which way should my fan spin

  1. Jul 17, 2006 #1

    Pengwuino

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    I forget, which direction do you set ceiling fans to spin (clockwise or counter looking from below) in teh summer? It's about 10,000 degrees and im taking every measure not to die.
     
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  3. Jul 17, 2006 #2

    Chi Meson

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    The correct direction is whichever way makes it cooler for you. Mostly, that's when they are pushing air down, and that is most often counterclockwise. Some fans are "reverse threaded" though.
     
  4. Jul 17, 2006 #3

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    Whichever way blows the air at you. Usually clockwise, unless someone managed to install the fan blades backward. At least you didn't have to climb around with sheep in the heat. :yuck: Even a fan wasn't helping me. Nothing but a cold shower followed up by a cold beer. The beer is more for the aching muscles from yesterday's adventures...I had one that injured a hoof and I was the only one at the farm and didn't see much point in bothering the vet on a Sunday when she'd do exactly what I could do...except I'm out of practice at flipping them onto their butts to treat feet...they don't sit that way willingly. :uhh:

    Edit: Or maybe that's counterclockwise? The edge of the blade that's highest should lead, and the lower side should follow, if that makes sense.
     
  5. Jul 17, 2006 #4

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    Correct answer. :approve:
     
  6. Jul 17, 2006 #5

    Astronuc

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiling_fan

    It depends on blade pitch. If you want the fan to push the air down, then it needs to be rotating in the direction of the higher side. If the high side is to the left looking up at the blade and from root over the top of one's head, then the fan should be turning counterclockwise to bring air down. If the high side is on the right side of the blade, then it should be turning clockwise.
     
  7. Jul 17, 2006 #6
    Stick your head in the fanblades to find out, at eye level.
     
  8. Jul 17, 2006 #7

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    You must have missed that MythBusters episode. :biggrin: All that'll do is give him a big lump on the forehead.
     
  9. Jul 17, 2006 #8

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Yup! And then the fan woudl break!

    Get out of my thread cyrus.
     
  10. Jul 17, 2006 #9
    You guys obviously missed the metal industrial fan they used. That sliced into the guys head.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2006 #10

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    I once burned out a ceiling fan in the living room of my parents' house. I tied a 10-foot long piece of string to one of the blades, with a bunch of cheerios looped on the other end. Then I turned the fan on high and let the dog loose in the room.

    Five minutes later, the dog had knocked over half the furniture in the room, caught the cheerios, and put the fan out of its misery.

    - Warren
     
  12. Jul 17, 2006 #11

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: I'll bet the dog was quite amused, and the parents were not. :biggrin:

    I apparently just can't tell clockwise from counterclockwise when looking up. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Jul 17, 2006 #12

    Pengwuino

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    Yes but i don't have a lawnmower attached to my steel bladed fan.

    Its starting to smell like cooked fish in here...
     
  14. Jul 17, 2006 #13

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    I think thatpengwuino should no longer be able to make pointless threads--every one of his threads has to be approved by me, cyrus, and Evo
     
  15. Jul 17, 2006 #14

    Pengwuino

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    Why should a bunch of kids have the same power as the supreme one?
     
  16. Jul 17, 2006 #15

    Moonbear

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    Ah, yes, because you're the expert on pointless threads, right? :biggrin:
     
  17. Jul 17, 2006 #16

    Pengwuino

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: high five moonbear!
     
  18. Jul 17, 2006 #17

    Danger

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    :rolleyes:
    Unless those sailors are all lying, you are perfectly well acquainted with which way the ceiling fan turns.
     
  19. Jul 17, 2006 #18

    Moonbear

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    :tongue2: Yeah, but I'm not thinking about whether it's clockwise or counter.
     
  20. Jul 17, 2006 #19

    Danger

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    So as long as the guy's bent the right way, it doesn't matter about the fan? Too bad, Arildno... you lose. :tongue:
     
  21. Jul 17, 2006 #20

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    That was a passing phase:rolleyes:
     
  22. Jul 20, 2006 #21
    Don't ask me, depends whether your from the North of the Equator or south. It's something to do with the correiolous effect. If it's going the wrong way, sell it to your antipodean counterpart on e-bay.
     
  23. Jul 20, 2006 #22

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    I would have hoped that the fan installation resolved this problem for you.

    Though a ceiling fan aint doin' jack in Fresno in the summer. That's like walking naked through Antarctica and putting on a scarf.
     
  24. Jul 21, 2006 #23

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    :rofl: I've been having the same problem lately. Blowing around hot air really doesn't help. Standing in front of the fans at the farm feels sort of like trying to cool off by standing in the "breeze" generated from the dryer vent. :yuck: The place was crawling with HVAC guys two days ago, so I'm really hoping it's going to be repaired soon (I've already predicted they'll get all the parts and get the A/C fully operational by October, and then they'll start working on the heat in January when they realize that's not really working right either, and it'll be fixed by May :rolleyes:). I've found that ice water is very helpful, not to drink (I prefer room temp water to drink), but to pour over my head! At least the shower in the locker room at the farm works!
     
  25. Jul 21, 2006 #24
    I would suppose that it would be better for cooler air to go up versus hotter air going down.

    Even still, there are reasons why ceiling fans blow downwards:
    a) You don't want the piece of paper your holding in your hand to be sucked-up and possibly damaged.
    b) You don't want your long hair to be sucked-up and twisted in the rotating blades.
    c) Dust, cigarette smoke, etc... will quickly leave an unpleasent deposit on the ceiling above the fan if the fan blows upwards.
    d) One feels a cooling, evaporative effect more pronounced when air is blown towards.
     
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